Leo Tolstoy was one of the greatest novelists of all times. I particularly love the simplicity of his writing style and the realistic aspect of his novels.
Recently I have looked into his personal biography. To my surprise, I felt highly resonated with his private life.
At the university, he got addicted to gambling. After graduation, he went to war and became so enraged with the degree to which the governments had control over the lives of their citizens, including sending them to war and die. He became an anarchist.
Later, he got sick with the corrupted church and became an atheist as well. At one point, he realized that he could not live without any faith at all. He was so amazed at farmers who were very poor and had a very tough life but were so happy. He decided to became a Christian again.
Tolstoy was very successful as the novelist that he was so wealthy and had fourteen children. He said he cannot be satisfied with anything in life except for art and a good family. Anyway, toward the end of his life, he became so confused and feel guilty about himself being so rich when many Russians out there were so poor and starving. His misgivings intensified and led him to abandon his property and left home alone. While traveling around, he got sick and died at the age of 82.